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Flexible Disk Handling Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000089376D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, AR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Present day flexible disks for magnetic recording are supplied supported by a thin central hub of plastic material. The size and surface finish of the hub makes it extremely difficult for a user to pick it up without touching or kinking the extremely delicate magnetic disk material. The tool shown in the figure facilitates handling of such disk and hub assemblies.

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Flexible Disk Handling Tool

Present day flexible disks for magnetic recording are supplied supported by a thin central hub of plastic material. The size and surface finish of the hub makes it extremely difficult for a user to pick it up without touching or kinking the extremely delicate magnetic disk material. The tool shown in the figure facilitates handling of such disk and hub assemblies.

The tool 1, molded from a plastic material, is formed with a longitudinal slot 2 through the main body portion extending between two identical spigots 3 at each end. Each spigot is split in the plane of the central slot to leave hinge portions 4. The diameter of each spigot is slightly less than the diameter of the spindle hole 5 in hub 6 supporting floppy disk 7.

To pick up the disk and hub assembly, one of the spigots is inserted in the spindle hole and expanded to hold by applying finger pressure to the central portion of the tool, as shown. When supported on the tool, the disk and hub assembly can easily be inverted by sliding the hub along the length of the tool to be held by the spigot at the other end.

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